Senior Director, Program Management

Job Title:  Senior Director, Program Management

Reports to: Chief Operating Officer

Employment Type:  Full-Time

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Summary of Position:

The Sr. Director, Program Management is accountable for multi-disciplinary planning and execution of Aravive’s drug development programs. The Sr. Director works closely with senior leadership, operational colleagues, and other stakeholders in a matrix environment to drive progress on development plans, assess and mitigate risks, track progress on deliverables, and ensure milestones are achieved on-time and on budget.

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Creating and maintaining the overall development plan and timeline for each program
  • Managing development team meetings, communications, agendas, and action items.
  • Coordinating development team operations and ensuring accountability to deliver on time and on budget
  • Leading the development team in continuous identification and proactive management of project risks
  • Ensuring awareness of project interdependencies and potential impacts of strategic decisions

Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent Project Management Skills with ability to balance speed, quality, risk and cost while driving execution
  • Effective communication skills with ability to tailor messages to various audiences, including senior leadership
  • Ability to solve complex problems and manage difficult situations.
  • Strong knowledge of commonly used project management tools including but not limited to Microsoft project.
  • Detail oriented and able to lead the development of critical path analyses and scenario planning.
  • Ability to lead matrix teams and effectively influence without authority
  • Ability to travel

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

  • Experience prolonged sitting, some bending, stooping and stretching.
  • Use hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, photocopier, telephone, calculator, and other office equipment is required.


Advanced degree in Life Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Physical sciences, or other relevant discipline., MS/Ph.D. preferred.

Required Experience:

  • Minimum of 10-15 years of experience in biotech/pharmaceutical industry, including 5 years in project/portfolio management or leadership of cross-functional matrix teams.
  • 7+ years of management and supervisory experience
  • Strong and proven experience in budget management
  • Medical and scientific knowledge strongly preferred

Aravive, Inc. is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, protected veteran status, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.